“You’re Next” is a fairly standard home invasion movie with a high body count.
When the Davison family and their significant others get together at their remote vacation house, they quickly fall into the same arguments that have always plagued them. The in-fighting is short lived, however, as someone mysteriously begins firing crossbow bolts in at them through the windows from the woods outside. After the initial volley has fatal consequences for a guest, the family scatters for safety. Unbeknownst to them, though, the attackers also have someone stationed inside the house.
What the attackers don’t know though, is that one of the guests is a trained survivalist. As the family gets hunted, so do the intruders. What ensues is a bloody collision of home invasion and home defense. The violent, masked intruders get more than they bargained for, even as the fatalities pile up for the family. Before long the question becomes will anyone survive at all?
Home invasion films are often less horror movies than they are exercises in violence, and “You’re Next” is no exception. What begins as the slaughter of an innocent family quickly turns in to a violent, grown up version of “Home Alone”. There’s not much value in the suspense, and not much horror involved, in spite of what the colorless animal masks of the intruders might lead you to believe. This movie is much closer to “Straw Dogs” than it is to “Halloween”, say. Which, in a certain regard was disappointing to me. The featured family is a group of completely unlikeable characters, and I was looking forward to watching them get massacred, to be honest with you. Not that they don’t get killed off, it’s just much less stalking/scaring than it is a militaristic exercise in eliminating targets, and that’s not as enjoyable a watch, in my book.
The end result is a still a relatively enjoyable horror film, albeit a fairly unremarkable one. There’s no shortages of bodies hitting the floor, unfortunately there’s not much of note aside from that.